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Articles about Troubleshooting

Why Do I Have Lower Voltage Readings?

January 19, 2020 by: Dave Rongey

Ed in Kansas asks; Why is there only 48volts between the neutral and ground on an electric outlet? How to Identify the Cause of a Low Voltage Condition of an Outlet.

Outlets Loose Power Due to Space Heater

January 17, 2020 by: Dave Rongey

How Large Appliances Could Cause Electrical Circuit Damage and Failure: The wiring will need to be identified and reconnected with approved insulated connectors.

Causes of Lost Electrical Power to Outlets

September 25, 2018 by: Dave Rongey

How to Troubleshoot Lost Power to Outlets: Repairing an Outlet Circuit Problem, Circuit Problems or Faults, Checking Outlets and Electrical Circuit Wiring.

Loose Outlet Cover Plates Can Cause Sparks

August 8, 2017 by: Dave Rongey

Is it safe to turn on a circuit breaker after I noticed sparks? How to Prevent Sparks from Electric Outlet Covers, Loose Metal Cover Plates Can Cause Sparks.

Why an Outlet Circuit Turns On and Off

February 13, 2017 by: Dave Rongey

Why does an outlet cut out and then it comes back on? How to Repair Outlet Circuit Problems, Common Receptacle Outlet Problems and How to Fix Them.

Installing a Switch Shorts a Wire and Trips Off The House

May 19, 2015 by: Dave Rongey

When installing a switch for a garbage disposal the power was on and the white wire grounded and tripped the breaker for the entire house: How to Repair Wiring Problems with Switches, Common Problems When Wiring Switches and How to Fix Them.

How To Troubleshoot Wall Receptacle Problems

November 30, 2014 by: Dave Rongey

How to Test Electrical Wiring for Outlets: I have a 120volt receptacle that does not work even though the voltage tester shows there is voltage at the receptacle.

Testing Electrical Outlets

September 2, 2013 by: Dave Rongey

How to Test and Repair an Outlet Circuit Problem: Guide for Testing an Outlet Circuit, Inspect the Outlet Wiring, Electrical Troubleshooting.

Why Home Outlets May Stop Working

September 20, 2012 by: Dave Rongey

How to Repair Home Electrical Outlets – The Secrets of Successful Electrical Troubleshooting for Electrical Outlets

Flickering Power at Electrical Outlet

February 23, 2012 by: Dave Rongey

Troubleshooting Electrical Outlet Problems: I have 120VAC coming to my receptacle however when you plug something it just flickers.

Extension Cord Prong Broke Off In The Electrical Outlet

July 26, 2010 by: Dave Rongey

The Third Prong Of My Extension Cord Broke Off In The Power Outlet. How Do Yo Safely Remove It From There…

Why Electrical Outlets Trip The Circuit Breaker

July 24, 2010 by: Dave Rongey

My 20 amp breaker which serves 7 wall outlets continues to trip without any reason…

How to Connect The Wires to an Outlet

July 7, 2010 by: Dave Rongey

I bought a new outlet with 5 screws in it. But when I removed the old outlet, I see only 3 wires coming out…